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Development of a monitoring and advice scheme to reduce exposure to home air pollutants among children and young people with high risk asthma

   Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

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  Dr Grainne McGill  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Outcomes for children and young people with asthma are poor in the UK. Rates of admission and mortality are five times higher than in other European countries. There is also stark variation in outcome across the UK. One reason is socioeconomic drivers, but little work has been done to address this. One area of importance is indoor air quality. The focus of this project is to develop a complex intervention, involving commercially-available home air quality sensors, to improve outcomes for children and young people with asthma who live in socioeconomically deprived areas.

 The project will utilise current digital technologies that (i) identify problems with indoor air quality (ii) feed data back to the family, and (iii) feed into a larger network of connected data to identify system-level solutions around housing, policy, or education.

 Training and support will include the use of relevant indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring equipment, sensor technologies and data analysis methods to explore the complex relationship between indoor and outdoor air quality, the built environment and health. You will work closely with an international team of leading experts from architecture, health and sensor technology fields.

 In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Subject Areas - Public Health, Environmental Science, Ecotoxicology and Pollution, Architecture and the built environment, Social science and health, Data analysis, Climatology and Climate Change

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